October 2, 2017
With much regret, the IMAGINE! Havana Therapy Summit Conference and Post-Conference scheduled for late January and early February 2018 has been cancelled.
Late last week the U.S. State Department issued this categorical travel warning about Cuba.
U.S. citizens are now warned to refrain from visiting Cuba following reports of U.S. embassy employees in Havana being subjected to attacks of an unspecified nature in Cuban hotels and at diplomatic facilities.
The IMAGINE! conference program was developed after President Obama’s new policies made it possible for Americans to travel more easily to Cuba by ending harsh restrictions and allowing regularly scheduled flights.
In June 2017, President Trump reinstated some travel restrictions, but, because most of Obama’s policies were kept in place, we felt the conference was still very accessible to U.S. citizens and proceeded accordingly.
Sadly, this recent development reflects a growing tension in U.S.-Cuban relations and has created much uncertainty for our many U.S. conference speakers and participants. We can no longer be certain about the availability of U.S.-Cuba commercial flights, insurance coverage or the implications of the downsizing of the Havana U.S. Embassy on American citizens travelling to Cuba.
In addition, it is possible that the United States could announce new and more restrictive travel policies at any time.
It is with great reluctance that we make this announcement. The spirit and commitment of our U.S. speakers and Cuban colleagues is much appreciated, and we have been moved by the enthusiasm expressed to us by those who were hoping to participate in our conference.
I appreciate your commitment and support of what we had both hoped would be a worthwhile and meaningful event.
Michael Kerman and the Imagine staff
Leading Edge Seminars